PGA Tour Betting Picks: Wells Fargo Championship

Wells Fargo Championship Pick - Phil Mickelson, Jason Kokrak and Jhonattan Vegas2

This week the PGA Tour Championship stops in the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship.

Defending champion Jason Day will look to defend his title, but it will prove to be quite a stiff test as the field is loaded with some of the world’s best golfers.

Among them will be world number one ranked Justin Rose, 2-time champion from Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy as well as short game specialist Hideki Matsuyama.

While this is a classic Carolina golf course that is very long with tight treelines not too much unlike Augusta National, we have to remember that this course was recently redesigned to favor the scramblers and putters as hazards will happen and the Bermuda grass greens play nearly as tough as any.

Putting average will be a key stat to look for this weekend.

How golfers swing their irons on the approach and also their scrambling ability are both important parameters to examine for this week’s tournament at Quail Hollow.

This course is rated as one of if not the toughest courses on the entire PGA Tour.

It is 5th, actually, in regards to the highest scoring and most difficult courses for the entire year.

Carnoustie and Shinnecock Hills are two of the four courses ranked above it and that should tell you something because these two are death on the nervous system as well as the scorecards, even for the world’s best.

I told you some of the world’s top golfers that are in the field this week, but the mid-tier is looking rather thin, to be honest with you.

I suppose we can’t continue to refer to Jason Kokrak as mid-tier anymore as he had one of the best 2019s in the game of golf.

He’s running nearly a 2-1 underdog to finish within the top twenty golfers by Sunday’s end. I like that so far!

48-year-old Phil Mickelson is a guy that just keeps on trucking, performing darn well for any pro much less a guy who beat the mighty and powerful Tiger Woods in match play barely four months ago.

BetOnline has the good this week, so without further frustration, let’s break down and find a winner for one of the most delicious!

Phil Mickelson to Finish Inside the Top Twenty

Lefty has a heck of a record at Quail Hollow.

He has 9 top ten finishes there in his career and 7, yes, count’em, 7 of them have been top fives!

What else do you need to know?

The Pick
Mickelson to Finish in the Top 20

Jason Kokrak to Finish in the Top Twenty

Hey, yes there are some bets that seem to be more of a “sure” thing if there is such an occurrence in golf but Jason Kokrak is truly having a stellar year and easily the best of his career.

22nd, 16th, 7th, 2nd, 10th, 9th, 20th, 20th, and 18th are his best finishes in the 13 tournaments he’s played in 2019.

That’s enough for me, really.

The Pick
Kokrak to Finish in the Top 20

Jhonattan Vegas to Finish Inside the Top Twenty

Third at the Players, 16th at the Honda, and 10th at the Phoenix are his best performances this year.

Okay, that’s not great but these are 3 of the bigger tournaments we’ve seen played so far and he seems to play his best golf on the harder courses.

I really like “Johnny Vegas” to crack the top twenty this week at Quail Hollow.

The Pick
Vegas to Finish in the Top 20

In Conclusion

While some casual fans are looking at this week’s Well Fargo Championship as merely a warmup for the looming PGA Championship from the Bethpage Black Course on Long Island, New York, hardcore fans and bettors simply are not.

This is a top 5-ranked course on the whole tour in regards to difficulty and was actually the site of said PGA Championship in the past.

Many of the best golfers in the world will be in the field this week down in Charlotte.

Okay, no Tiger Woods but his return is coming sooner than later.

At least we tell ourselves that.

Woods has captivated the nation maybe even better than Arya Stark and Game Of Thrones.

We have some very good value this week, though, so get those bets in as soon as you can and let’s take home some W’s!

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.